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Local Obits for Sat. Apr 19, 2014

Lena Anderson

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Lena L. Anderson, 81, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Regency Park. Funeral services 5 p.m. today from the funeral home chapel. Burial in Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation from 3-5 p.m. today, April 17.
Kenneth Earl Beets, 84, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a local hospital. Mr. Beets was a native of Clinton, Tenn., and had lived the past 33 years in Chattanooga. Mr. Beets
Brenda Bost Brenda L. Bost, 67, of East Ridge, was welcomed into Heaven, Friday morning, April 18, 2014 surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the South Crest
Johnnie V. Templeton DeFriese, of Chattanooga, passed away at her home Thursday, April 17, 2014, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Donald G. DeFriese; sons, Jimmy Harris, of Chattanooga, Charles Harris,
Thomas Edward Short, 69, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his residence. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial in Kelleys Chapel Cemetery. Visitation after noon today.
Opal L. Gibson, 88, of Ooltewah, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born April 10, 1926 in Reliance, Tenn., and was the daughter of the late Mike and Oma Boring of Cleveland,
Yolanda Faye Golson, 56, of Chattanooga, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at her residence. She will lie-in-state at 11 a.m. today with the funeral to follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel of
Constance Sue Gray, 67, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Vaught and was also preceded in death by her brother, Darrell Vaught; sisters,
"Buddy" Haile Jr., 82, of Chattanooga died Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was born April 27, 1931, in Chattanooga, a son of the late Herbert J. and Mary Aloyse Alsobrook Haile. He was preceded
Gwendolyn Rice Rucks Roebuck, 77, passed away Thursday April 17, 2014 at Standifer Place in Chattanooga. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Edward Roebuck; sons, Glenn Edward Roebuck Jr. (Eve), Michael Allen Roebuck;

Jim Hoskins

Jim Hoskins died at his home on Wednesday April 16, 2014. He was 75. He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Hoskins, of Nashville. He is survived by his wife of 30

Vera Huckabee

Vera Earline Huckabee, 61, passed away, Friday, April 18, 2014, at her residence. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, James Huckabee; children, Amanda (Wayne) Huckabee, Bryant, Becky (Corbin) Davis, New Hope, Ala., and
Mary Evelyn Smith Johnson, 89, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Williamson & Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Everette Warnock
Thomas Eugene "Gene" Lowery, 54, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday April 16, 2014. Gene was a native and lifelong resident of Catoosa County. Gene was a true public servant having worked
Richard James McBride, 60, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Richard was a selfless man of vibrant faith who loved and served his family, church and community. Richard retired from the police

Jimmy Parks

Jimmy Lee Parks, 25, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Southern TN Medical Center. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday at Moore-Cortner Chapel. Interment followed at Franklin Memorial Gardens. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home,

Juanita Pierce

Juanita B. Pierce, 88, of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2014, surrounded by family and loved ones. Preceding Juanita in death were her husband, H. Brooke Pierce; and a daughter, Cheryl Ann

Walter Reynolds

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Walter H. "Buddy" Reynolds, 87, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Southern Tennessee Medical Center. Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home. Burial in Maxwell Cemetery. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First
Mildred Williamson, 86, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Survivors, children, Charles Burgess, Gene Gazaway, Terry Gazaway, Johnny Williamson, David Williamson, Ray Williamson, Lucille Grimes, Dorthy Bannister, Betty Jennings, Eulene Baggett, Kathy Craig, Mary

In MemoryLebron Derrick

Missing and loving you. Wife Zarma Z. Derrick, Noble and Rozanne Nichols, Nikia and Tracy Jones, Deak, Dorothy, Adam, Shanice, Chris and Crystal, Tanyia, Cavontae, Destiny, Nicholas, grandchildren and other family and friends.

In MemoryJeffrey Ellis

Seven years have passed and you are loved and missed so much. Love Always, Moma, Daddy, Jenni, Bill, Emily, and Savannah


Preceded in death by: Angel Crystal Evona Purple - Murphy (Daughter); Survived by: James D. Purple, Sr. and Ellen Purple (Adoptive Parents/Grandparents); Jonathon Carlisle Purple (Natural Father); Lynnmarie Couvillon (Natural Mother) Memorial Service:
Its been one year since you left. Imiss you and love you forever. Your wife Mrs. Ethel L. Willingham
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An original member of the pioneering Philadelphia-based soul group The Intruders has died. Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards was 74.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The former longtime head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team, who transitioned them to Division I status, has died. Bruce Marshall was 54.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dennis Byrd, the former NFL defensive lineman whose career was ended by neck injury, was killed Saturday in a car accident. He was 51.
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - The onetime underboss of Pittsburgh's dwindling Mafia family has died. Charles "Chucky" Porter was 82.
ATLANTA (AP) - Thomas Ford, the actor who played Martin Lawrence's best friend Tommy Strawn on the hit '90s sitcom "Martin," has died in Atlanta. He was 52.
Thomas J. Mackell Jr., former chairman of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and the executive director of the Maritime Labor Alliance, has died.
PLUM, Pa. (AP) - A former NFL defensive lineman who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants has died. Lorenzo Freeman was 52.
NEW YORK (AP) - The family of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he has died after a battle with cancer, just days after announcing he would be undergoing treatment.
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the most influential American scholars of Judaism has died.
Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Raymond Haerry was 94.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who pushed for a statewide anti-bullying law after her 11-year-old son committed suicide has died following a battle with cancer. Sirdeaner Walker was...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - UFC fighter Josh Samman has died after spending nearly a week in a Florida hospital. He was 28.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A retired Roman Catholic bishop in Vermont who lost his television-producer brother on 9/11 has died. Kenneth Angell was 86.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The man who oversaw Yellowstone National Park during the wildfires that burned across the park in 1988 has died.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lowell Thomas Jr., a former Alaska lieutenant governor, author, adventurer, glacier pilot and son of the legendary broadcaster, has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The manager for folk singer, writer and longtime New York radio host Oscar Brand says that he has died. Brand was 96.
CHICAGO (AP) - The man who got generations of hot dog lovers humming along to the Oscar Mayer Weiner song has died.
The grand dame of daytime television drama, Agnes Nixon liked to say that "everyone's life is a soap opera." For proof, she offered up her own.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Clyde Holloway, a former congressman and chairman of Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, has died. He was 72.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died.